About the book:
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, historical fiction, paranormal, young adult
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
How I Found Out About It: Recommended by a friend & Goodreads
As many of you lovely readers may know about me, paranormal books and I are usually not the best of buds.
Hence this being a paranormal book, I went in without any expectations whatsoever. From reading other reviews, it seemed like you either loved the book, or hated it. In this circumstance, I think it’s safe to say that I fell into the middle of the spectrum, as I didn’t love this book, nor did I dislike it.
I decided to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as the movie was just about to come out (in fact, it did yesterday!), and because it had been on my TBR list since December of 2015. (Whew, that’s a long time!)
For a quick summary, this story focuses on 16-year old Jacob, who loses his grandfather, thus inherits a whole collection of mysterious photographs. These lead him to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the place where his grandfather mostly grew up. Jacob goes through almost everything in the house, and soon enough, he comes close to cracking the mystery of what the ‘peculiar’ children were actually like…
I thought Jacob was an okay character, but just okay. Nothing about him really seemed to stick out to me, though he was pretty brave to be able to explore the creepy ruins of the home. All in all, though, I found him to be pretty forgettable, if I do say so myself.
My favourite thing about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children would probably be the captivating plot. I thought it was quite cool to follow Jacob’s journey as he unravelled the mysteries of the ‘peculiar’ kids, one of which included his grandfather. The time-travelling part was pretty awesome, too, but in reason of spoilers, I’m not going to say anymore.😐
I also adored the photographs, I think they just made an already unique book even more unique! Some of them were creepy, I’ll give you that, but I believe that I would’ve been lost during the book if it wasn’t for them.
Overall, this was an interesting story, but it didn’t woo me. I will definitely still be seeing the movie, though, and I’ll let you know if I enjoyed it more or less than the book.
I’d recommend this book to teens looking for a paranormal, plot-driven story, and/or a book to read just before seeing the movie. If paranormal is your go-to genre, then I’m sure you’ll love this one!
Rating: 3.25/5 Stars